Joe Wanchik is the President Emeritus and Chairman of Annual Giving of the Detroit Performing Artists, Inc./ Detroit Concert Choir. Joe joined the Choir 30 years ago. He was minding his own business in the hot tub at Vic Tanny’s when an outgoing young lady invited him to a concert. He went to the concert and the music was so beautiful he thought that he had died and gone to heaven. Joe jumped at the chance to audition and has now been a singer, board member and volunteer of the Detroit Concert Choir (DCC) since 1986. For the first decade, when Joe belonged to many singles clubs and organizations, he was the top seller of concert tickets. Joe broke his own record by selling 128 tickets to one concert! Since then there is not a person that Joe knows that does not associate Joe with the DCC! At the health club, people ask Joe about the choir. When they see Joe, they think DCC! Joe served as the president of the Detroit Performing Artists, the sponsoring organization of the DCC, for seven years. It was during Joe’s presidency that the DCC won the Choir of the World title in 1996. He has been in charge of the Annual Giving Campaign since 1992, and enjoys getting to know all of the donors and writing them personal notes of gratitude. Joe has been on 7 competitions with the choir including trips to Wales, Spain, Ireland and Italy. Joe also plays the mandolin and guitar for concerts and events. Joe is an advocate for the handicapped, having been a polio patient himself at age 20. He spent his entire 35-year career at the Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan. Joe majored in occupational therapy and after 2 years in that field was asked to develop an Orthotics Department where he used his ingenuity to invent devices for the handicapped. His most famous device is the Wanchik Writer, allowing quadriplegics to write and type. Our founding director Gordon Nelson once quoted, “Joe is an inspiration to me, our staff and our choir. He has a nurturing and giving spirit and a genuine love for this choir and the people it serves.”

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Our Mission

We seek to promote musical excellence by uniting artists through inspiring concert performances, education, and community engagement. We aspire to be an exceptional choral ensemble, committed to musical diversity, evoking passion, and educating our members and audiences. We seek opportunities to present our music to audiences across the nation and around the world.

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Our Artistic Director

The Detroit Concert Choir is excited to introduce its new Artistic Director, Dr. Michael Mitchell. Dr. Mitchell is incredibly proud to accept the 'passing of the baton'.

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Our Singers

The group consists of 70+ singers who gather from over 35 communities in and around Detroit and its surrounding tri-county area.

DCC Endowment Fund

Everyone wants to be remembered and to leave some indelible mark on the world to make it a better place. Why not start with the Detroit Concert Choir Endowment Fund?

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Community Rewards

We are always on the look-out for simple ways to earn extra funds for the choir. Here are some on-going fundraisers that are easy to use, at no extra cost to the consumer.

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